October 23, 2018

Minisode: Whisper Fry

A tasty podcast morsel in preparation for our California ballot proposition megasode later this week! Joining the show is repeat guest Sam Bivins.

In this minisode we read listener email about the Kavanaugh episode, plug our new retro listener discussion forum at http://nahf.boards.net, and Isaac issues a correction demanded by his father!

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October 16, 2018

Ban All Cars

Damien Newton from Streetsblog LA (https://la.streetsblog.org/) lends his transit expertise to this week's show, along with comedian Adam Yenser.

The conversation goes in depth on LA transit issues like electric scooters, "road diets" and whether they hurt local businesses, Vision Zero, and numerous other transit nerd topics.

Plus: a very special talk radio interview, the definition of a "bollard," and someone on the show was late! Can you guess who?

Isaac's full interview with Mark Thompson: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/conway-on-demand-20635767/episode/conwayshow-101-he-was-29930696/ (starts at 33:01)

Adam Yenser: http://adamyenser.com/

Damien Newton's contributor page on Streetsblog LA: https://la.streetsblog.org/author/damien/

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October 9, 2018

Kavanaugh!

Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed and sworn in as the newest Supreme Court Justice, so now it's time for a debrief with guests Cameron Johnson and Adam Yenser.

Adam is pro-Kavanaugh. Cameron is anti-Kavanaugh. Isaac is not pro-Kavanaugh but IS pro-Kavanaugh-confirmation! Charles is pro-weird Kavanaugh-related stories.

Questions asked: do Kavanaugh's accusers have any reason to lie? What would serve as proof that Kavanaugh did not commit assault? Should you face consequences for something you did forty years ago? What is the future of the Supreme Court?

Also discussed: who has been in a bar fight and why, what happens in a blackout, and Isaac Simpson's standup advice!

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October 2, 2018

The Future is Nonmonogamous

"Ethically nonmonogamous" Mitcz Marzoni (https://revmitcz.com/) is this episode's special guest, along with obsessively monogamous fan favorite Heather Marulli. The topic: open relationships and how they function.

Mitcz describes his dating life while Heather has PTSD flashbacks. Isaac wonders if the cycle of endlessly pursuing something new is even more of a prison than a monogamous relationship. Charles thinks people are less monogamous than they claim.

Also discussed: Satanism, whether men or women are more attached to experiences, and Heather's love of dirty talk.

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A brief look at an important question: Is Isaac's seeming obsession with homosexuality an indication of secret gay desires? Charles investigates with the help of guest Evan Williams!

Isaac complains of constant queerness being shoved in his face, while Charles laments the presence of fraudulent pansexuals pretending to be queer for the social cachet.

The burning query: has Isaac been in love with a man? The answer may not be what you expect!

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Isaac shares the deeply personal story of his walk from San Diego to Long Beach, a journey whereupon he confronted the dark truths of his existence and faced some of his most inmost fears.

Joining the show is self-help guru Evan Williams, and he and Charles lend an ear to Isaac's tale in wonder and awe. Listen in to get inspired!

The episode where Isaac's prophecy was delivered: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/psychic-powers-dont-exist/id1049308545?i=1000375225497&mt=2&app=podcast&at=1000lubR

The Burning Man episode: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/burning-man-is-douchey/id1049308545?i=1000392145471&mt=2&app=podcast&at=1000lubR

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On this week's episode, a mystery guest turns up to talk Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and the John Carreyrou book about it all: Bad Blood. Holmes's peculiarities are examined: her Steve Jobs emulation, her fake deep voice, and whether or not she believed in her own BS. Isaac wonders if she got as far as she did because of feminism, while Charles thinks it's standard tech industry goo-goo.

Also discussed: terrible 9/11 social media posts, why companies behaving like cults is a good indication they are selling fraudulent products, and the likelihood of a Not a Huge Fan YouTube show.

Bad Blood: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/549478/bad-blood-by-john-carreyrou/9781524731656/

Vanity Fair article: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/elizabeth-holmes-theranos-exclusive

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September 11, 2018

Everyone Should Do Drugs

Frank Traynor is back! This week we're talking DRUGS, a subject on which Isaac and Frank are both self-styled experts. Everyone shares their best and worst drug stories, which include Charles's edible paranoia and Isaac accidentally doing meth in Mexico. Frank tells the story of doing drugs on a camping trip with panty-removing daddy Dan D'Aprile.

Isaac thinks drug use should be a special occasion, Frank thinks everyone should do more drugs, and Charles describes the time his mom thought he was smoking pot because he had a computer game that smelled weird.

Also discussed: drug decriminalization (try and guess who is pro and con), Isaac and Frank provide recommendations for the best drug to do, and why you don't want to be the old guy at the rave.

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September 4, 2018

The Homeless Episode

Ask and ye shall receive! Time to talk homelessness with someone who knows something about it: Brad Robinson is the Director of Corporate Relations and Innovation for the Skid Row Housing Trust (skidrow.org), a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that builds housing for the homeless population.

This is a long and in-depth conversation about homelessness, its causes, and the various ways the problem can be addressed. Brad describes the mission and methods of the Trust, provides theories about why some homeless people engage in antisocial behavior, and why homelessness and its solutions are not liberal or conservative issues.

Also: Isaac loves pooping in public, one of our listeners is a professor???, and Brad answers listener questions.

LA Times article mentioned: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html

Skid Row Housing Trust: http://skidrow.org/

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August 30, 2018

Minisode: Horrible Bosses

An episode all about working! The show will suffer when Isaac and Charles gain their podcast riches because they won't be able to share their awful office experiences. Isaac laments the power held by bosses and pines for the office culture of Bridgewater Associates and Principles author Ray Dalio. Charles advocates for buck-passing in interdepartmental corporate warfare. Some have complained the show is sometimes too negative! They are also addressed.

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